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Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands
Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands
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Commenced:
01/12/2010
Submitted:
28/04/2013
Last updated:
20/03/2020
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Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands, Kunia, Hawaii, US
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Dry Tropical





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Project: Kunia Loa Ridge Farmlands

Posted by Win Almazan over 8 years ago

Swales, Keyline trenches, bird feeders, seed pots (Fukuoka), Modified Mandala Garden, and Silt trap.

Implemented Swales, Keyline trenches, bird feeders, seed pots (Fukuoka), Modified Mandala Garden, and Silt trap. Using chop and drop method on 10 foot California Grass as mulch. Feel free to suggest anything else I could use =) Thanks.

14Nov13 Lost some of the berm so dug dipper and wider thanks to Basil's advice. Redid the Keyline trench to divert water runoffs for the coming rain.

Swale with seed pots %28fukuoka crop pairings%29 Modified swale chinampa moat 20131114 121342 20131114 115638

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Sarvesvara Dasa
Sarvesvara Dasa : Impressive. Please share more pictures.
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Basil Laleman
Basil Laleman : Good ideas! I think however you might regret not making the swales and berms wider and deeper. I have made the same mistake once. As plants will start to grow and cover the berms and area around it, things might get hard to handle. Paths will be invisable which isn't really a problem but also after some rain and a few harvests the berms might be gone and loose effect. It's accepted that a plantbed (can be a berm) should be around 70cm wide, which is approx the length of your arm. Making berms and basins large and deep enough at once will provide you a long lasting, productive structure...
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Win Almazan
Win Almazan : Finally. Someone who has done swales before. I was beginning to think that there were 2 types of swales. Wider or deeper. I didn't think of it as both wider AND deeper. With the rainy season upon us, the berms have eroded and I had to dig even more. Other swales that I have dug deeper and wider remained somewhat effective in diverting water runoffs. Thanks for the advice as I am new to Permaculture.
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Austin  Bowden-Kerby
Austin Bowden-Kerby : I find that in Fiji with the heavy rains of the rainy season that the swales need to be dug out every couple of years. I am dealing wit about 2 meters of rain annually. For flatter lands the swales need to drain- otherwise they become almost permanent standing water filled with mosquito larvae. If they were permanent then the mosquito fish could live there and control the mozzies- gotta have one or the other permanent ditches filled with water or swales that drain within a few days.
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Austin Bowden-Kerby : I find that in Fiji with the heavy rains of the rainy season that the swales need to be dug out every couple of years. I am dealing wit about 2 meters of rain annually. For flatter lands the swales need to drain- otherwise they become almost permanent standing water filled with mosquito larvae. If they were permanent then the mosquito fish could live there and control the mozzies- gotta have one or the other permanent ditches filled with water or swales that drain within a few days.
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